Finding the effects of Arizona ’s Employer Sanctions law is not an easy task. The law went into place in January, and pulls the licenses of businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Some economists say it will be years before the dust clears from the subprime mortgage mess, and until then, hard numbers will be murky. As KJZZ’s Tony Ganzer reports, some observers are already predicting what could happen in the agricultural industry—one segment of the economy that has been hit especially hard by the immigration debate.
It’s been a little more than three months since Arizona ’s employer sanctions law took effect. Businesses can lose their license if they knowingly hire illegal immigrants. But even before the law went into effect, some speculated that companies, especially in the agricultural and hotel service industry, would leave Arizona . But as KJZZ’s Tony Ganzer reports it’s still hard to nail down the effects of the law.
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Nats at protest: “Si se puede, si se puede”
Officials estimate more than 10-thousand people waved Mexican and US flags protesting a Congressional proposal that would make illegal immigration a felony.
The demonstrators marched to Senator Jon Kyl’s Phoenix office–Kyl has been at the forefront of federal immigration reform and has pushed for tougher immigration legislation. Demonstrators from the Border Action Network are demanding more humane immigration legislation. Southern Arizona is the nation’s number one entry point for illegal immigrants.
President Bush has proposed a guest worker program which would allow migrants to work seasonal jobs in the US and then return to their home countries.
For NPR News, I’m Tony Ganzer in Phoenix.